PositiveLibrary JournalThis is the third novel to feature Cat, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, readers who are interested in her backstory may want to start with the first two books; some of Cat’s quirks and her relationships with her dad and her boyfriend may be more clear. Much of the text is dialog between the detectives as they try to solve the case, but readers will also enjoy Cat’s humorous asides and sarcastic thoughts ... Frear creates an atmosphere of tension among the detectives and witnesses and in Cat’s personal life that will make readers want to devour this mystery in one sitting.
RaveLibrary JournalIn Saffyre, Jewell creates a sarcastic and poetic character ... Suspense fans will devour this twisted tale of intricately interwoven characters. The many turns will surprise and keep readers thinking long after they’ve finished.
Debora L. Spar
PositiveLibrary JournalThis is a humanizing and unique take on technology is a necessary addition to the genre; Spar’s voice included with the history will keep readers engaged in what could otherwise be dry information.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe author discusses these societal implications through a left-leaning lens, but readers of all political persuasions can find something relatable here. This is not a historical or business analysis; rather, this work cites research as well as personal stories to show how smartphones have positively and negatively impacted society. In addition to the technology crowd, readers curious about sociology or psychology will enjoy Aschoff’s articulation of how dependent we have become on smartphones ... Aschoff introduces a creative and appealing way to discuss societal issues; this book will make readers contemplate their relationship with their phone and their own place in society.
PositiveLibrary JournalBiographical information about some of the creators gives insight into how and why technologies were designed, grounding readers in storytelling rather than in technological jargon. By the end of the book, readers will have a better understanding of the ubiquitous term. Those interested in the backgrounds of technologies such as self-driving cars, the Facebook Like button, and even transportation systems will be intrigued to learn about their evolution ... Kuang and Fabricant offer accessible and thought-provoking insights into the ways that user-friendly design has influenced our lives, along with a contextual history of technology not available in many other books.
PositiveLibrary JournalWhile this installment is a part of a long-running series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The extended dialog that carries the narrative leads to strong characterization; readers will be able to understand the twisted motives and are not spared any detail, from the frightening to the mundane, as every element advances the plot to a heart-pounding conclusion ... A thriller with underlying political themes, this novel is sure to appeal to Eve Duncan enthusiasts as well as new readers of the series.
MixedLibrary JournalThis literary title has just enough mystery to keep readers engaged, but there are slow points with either too much detail or scenes that don\'t support the overall plot ... There are several story lines as all of the characters bring their own backstories and not all of the plot points wrap up nicely. In fact, a thread of unease runs through the novel, from the flawed characters to the small graffiti-ridden town itself ... This slow debut may leave readers unsatisfied with the characters\' choices and the ambiguous endings to some of their individual tales.
Andrew Michael Hurley
MixedLibrary JournalHurley\'s second novel...is poetically written and heavily detailed; however, it\'s greatly focused on setting and atmosphere, leaving the character development lacking. Also, John\'s omniscient narrative is distracting at times, as it\'s delivered from some point in the future ... While not as gripping as The Loney, the work\'s dark tone and slow buildup of suspense will still interest readers of gothic fiction.